HELDERBERG MEADWORKS is a unique “winery” located at the edge of the Helderberg Mountains where fresh water and local raw honey are used to craft the finest mead. They are one of a precious few meaderies in the state that primarily produces mead. Owner and meadmaker Peter Voelker has been making mead for many years. In 2010, he decided to open Helderberg Meadworks with his wife Kirsten to share what he considers the best mead in the country.

Thanks to the success of Helderberg’s mead and after an exhaustive search, in 2015 the couple purchased more land to expand their small orchard and add a vineyard. While working hard to clear the land and plant rows of fruit, the couple was able to appreciate the beauty of the location and the view overlooking the mountains. It was clear that this was to be the location of the tasting room—it would be the perfect place to relax and enjoy mead and cider.

Inspired by their Apple Mead, in 2016 Helderberg Meadworks began producing hard cider. Helderberg’s philosophy in the use of all-natural ingredients extends to their ciders which are handcrafted to suit their personal tastes. This natural approach brings out the best fresh-apple flavors possible, resulting in ciders that stand out remarkably well in the crowded marketplace.

Over the past two years, the cider was introduced on a limited basis to consumers at local festivals. It was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, leading to the decision to make cider a permanent addition to Helderberg’s tasting room offerings.


The Essentials




Opening 2018:
6144 State Route 30
Esperance, NY 12066





Check website/social media for opening date and hours


Check website/social media for hours

Tasting Fees

$5.00; $8.00 with souvenir glass



Farm Acreage



Peter Voelker

Cider/Mead Maker

Peter Voelker